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Indonesia'Ministry of Environment and Forests, with support of Norway, UNDP and participation of UNEP, organized an International Conference to define sustainable Pathways for Peat land Management as an answer to Indonesia's Haze crisis. 

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The conference was well attended by experts from 11 countries, and was opened by Vice President Jusuf Kalla and attended by Dr Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry; and Mr. Luhut Panjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.

Vice President Kalla called for the establishment of a special restoration agency to apply various solutions to the problem. Johan Kieft from UNEP gave wrap-ups to the attendees on both days. Among other key presenters, Iain Henderson (UNEP-FI) gave input on how to best mobilize resources from the financial sector to enable for rapid restoration and the necessary social-economic transition towards a green economy which is essential to ensure continued economic growth.

The conference resulted in a proposed roadmap which aims to move towards a landscape approach. Key elements are: focus initial restoration efforts on remaining peat forests, facilitate social-economic transformation towards a green economy, engage stakeholder with emphasis on customary groups, mapping and monitoring of peat lands, initiate research on development alternatives and improved governance.

 

More information here: International Conference to define sustainable Pathways for Peat land Management

 

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